What Matters Most

I was sitting here behind the desk doing some work. Nothing important and nothing which required a lot of thought. You know the kind of tasks where you mind can and often does wander? I was thinking about life’s blessings and how the things I thought were going to make me happy were actually the things which in some ways matter the least to me.

As a young man I thought more than anything I wanted to work in the theater. The theater was the place were I was going to find complete fulfillment. Now don’t get me wrong you can find fulfillment in the theater, but you learn very quickly when money comes into play it just kind of sucks the fun and the life right out of it. Theater as a business is a complete different animal than theater for simply the sake of theater and art.

As life continued I thought I would like to do television. In my mind television was where I was going to find the answers to my dreams. I have done a whole lot of television at this point of my life and I can tell you that very little satisfaction ever came from being on a show. Kind of difficult to watch your life being dramatized and portrayed, only in the next moment to be interrupted by tampon and erectile dysfunction commercials.

Then I thought I was going to find everything I needed by doing a film. A movie would bring me everything I wanted in life. I would not only be in film but I would also write for it as well. I was lucky enough to do a few films but in the end I did not find the satisfaction I desired at all in film. In fact. I learned a whole lot about the ugly side of life from working in film and what that ugliness can and will do to people.

So, I became an author and I have to tell you I do get some satisfaction from writing.However, I do not get any satisfaction from working with publishers. Again, once money enters the equation it has a tendency of sucking the life and creativity out of art. Did you know my favorite book I wrote is the only book I self published? Crazy A Prayer for the Dead is by far my favorite of my books. This is why I have made a serious decision to self publish from here on out. Besides, I am married to a perfect artist and editor which helps a whole lot.

I have worked for SyFy, Discovery, CW, Destination America, Warner Brothers, CNN, NBC Universal, Chiller, The Travel Channel and more. I have been featured in newspapers and magazines around the world including Entertainment Weekly, Variety, The New York Post, and The Sun to name just a few. I have done just about every major radio show in the United States, Canada, and the world which has included everything from Man Cow to Coast 2 Coast. I am in the Library of Congress in at least three different places with multiple pieces of work. Are you impressed yet? You really shouldn’t be if you are. Often the things you will be remembered for in life are not the things where you found happiness.

After chasing and achieving all of these dreams in the end do you know where I found satisfaction? I found it in the easiness and simplicity of the love I have for my husband. I found it in all five of our children and the loves of their lives. We get more excited and proud of their accomplishments than anything we ever accomplished on our own. Our three granddaughters who continue to teach make us happier than anything else in life and they continue to teach us about not only acceptance but unconditional love. My mother and father who taught me it was okay to tell people my truth because no matter what you will still have those who will still love you. These are truly the riches found in life and all of that other stuff which might impress some in the end does not matter all of that much.

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NO MORE SEXUAL ABUSE

Sexual harassment and abuse happens in all walks of life. I have personally distanced myself before from people who beat their significant other and I have also distanced myself quite publicly from someone in entertainment who I know who roofied, abused, and raped a woman. I have kept it quiet for quite some time now because I never felt it was something I should tell because coming from me at this point it was just hearsay which could and would obviously be denied.

Not all sexual abuse goes reported. There is a shame and the fear of not being believed which keeps victims from coming forward. It has always bothered me that I knew of the abusive behavior of these two men and I could never stand up and say it publicly in order to prevent it from happening to someone else. The only thing you can do in the end it to distance yourself from them as much as you can and pray for those who might come in contact with them. And also pray that someday one or more of their victims will stand up and publicly tell their story.

Hopefully all of the attention which has been placed upon this very serious issue lately will cause more victims to stand up and point out their abusers and hopefully the abusers in this world will think twice from harming someone else.

The Truth Behind The Exorcist

Where did 1949 St. Louis Exorcisms of the young boy which inspired The Exorcist take place?
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Father Bishop’s Diary tells us there were only three St. Louis locations where the exorcisms of the young boy took place. The diary is very specific that the suburban house, Alexian Brothers Hospital, and the Rectory of St. Xavier’s College Church were the only locations where the exorcisms were performed in St. Louis.

Keep in mind, the diary was not a document which was meant for public consumption. It was an internal document written to record history for Church eyes only. This makes the diary the most accurate historic document of the events. You may have seen other locations in books or on television, but there is no evidence to prove the existence of any other locations outside these three locations.

What is pictured here is an old picture of Alexian Brothers Hospital. In the picture you can see a cross on top of the building. The other picture is of this same cross which is now housed in the City Museum here in St. Louis. It is said during the final moments of the exorcism this cross was struck by lightning. Now a lot more occurred during those final moments, but you will have to read Confrontation with Evil for the full true story.

The problem when dealing with a case which eventually would inspire the horror classic, The Exorcist is the film itself. People who have attempted to tell this true story of the 1949 St. Louis Exorcism cannot seem to get past the shadow of the popular film. The film instead of the truth ends up dictating the story for them. In return, many important aspects of the case have been rewritten or ignored because it did not fit into the framework of their idea of the film, The Exorcist. So what you get is a fractured, exaggerated, and in many cases, an untrue telling of what actually happened to the young boy in 1949 St. Louis.

That is the reason my book is dedicated to the boy himself and the truth which up until this point has never been fully told.

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The Secret Behind The Exorcist Case Revealed

If you have read Confrontation with Evil about the case which inspired The Exorcist you will know what this is a picture of. Give you a hint it is a hallway described at the end of the book. What resided behind those double doors at the end of the hall has been one of the most kept secrets in paranormal history.

Read the book which was featured in The New York Post and The Sun. It has been called the definitive book on the 1949 possession case which inspired The Exorcist.

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A Boy is not a Monster: The True Life Story of The Exorcist

In 1949 a young boy came to St. Louis, Missouri experiencing unexplained behavior and disturbances. What followed was an event which went on to inspire the blockbuster book and film The Exorcist.

A lot has been shared through the years about what happened to the 13 year old boy known originally as Roland Doe. Much of what has been written and shared about his experience are the things nightmares and urban legends are made of. But what really happened to Roland Doe?

The most important thing I can tell you is to separate the true story from the fictional telling in William Peter Blatty’s book and film. This was not a monster. This was a boy who was going through something not only unexplainable but profound. He was not the head spinning demon which was so graphically depicted in the film The Exorcist. There is a very human side to this story which has been ignored and quite frankly exaggerated. For years this young boy has been demonized through book, film, and documentary.

My new book Confrontation with Evil tells a very different and complete telling of the events of 1949. This was a boy like any other boy who was going through extraordinary events. At times, it seemed everyone who should have been there to help him let him down in one way or another, including his own mother. This is not a horror story, but a very human story about a boy and the man who would sacrifice his own well being to save him. The best and the worst in humanity is the actual star of this true story and not the focus which has been placed upon the demonic or the devil.

After years of research into this case, I have told what Fox News calls, “The definitive book on the true story which inspired The Exorcist.” I wrote this book for Roland and those who struggled to help him. I also wrote the book for the city of St. Louis. Yes, St. Louis is where the devil played, but St. Louis was also where the devil was defeated.

Read, Confrontation with Evil today and see why people are raving about this book around the world. This book is dedicated to Roland Doe, wherever he may be today, this is for you because it is clear that you were a victim in many different ways. My thanks, my prayers, and my gratitude will always be with you—in this life and in the next.

Get your copy of Confrontation with Evil today.

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CRAZY A Prayer for the Dead

What is hell and more importantly, how easy is it to end up spending your eternity there?

This was a question which kept going through my mind back in 2012. The idea of the fire and brimstone hell from the bible never sat well with me. What if hell were not an actual place at all? What if hell was the end result of our actions from the lives we are currently living? The idea of a self inflicted hell began haunting me in 2006 when I was called in to investigate a haunted truck stop and diner on old Route 66.

Crazy, A Prayer for the Dead, surrounds a group of misfits who find themselves stuck in their own version of Hell within an old truck stop on Route 66. Years later, paranormal investigators are brought to the location and end up uncovering the truth and horror of the souls damned within.

The book is based upon and inspired by this  actual paranormal case which I led back in 2006. The book weaves the one night of horror and its aftermath using historical fact, police reports, urban legend, actual psychic impressions and findings from the real life paranormal investigation. When put together, these elements profile a story which will terrify and haunt you long after you put it down. This is one you don’t want to read in the dark alone. Sound crazy? Well maybe it is not that crazy after all.

This will always be one of the my favorite and scariest books I have written. In the end I learned what we do to others in this life does, and will, affect what happens to us in the afterlife. Hell is truly other people.

Read Crazy A Prayer for the Dead today.

The Truth Behind The Exorcist

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The True Story which inspired, The Exorcist.

For Steven A. LaChance, the possession case that inspired The Exorcist has always felt . . . incomplete. In this book, he shows how the official account crumbles under scrutiny, revealing instead a story of familial horror and spiritual corruption that implicates the highest levels of the Catholic Church.

Known as the 1949 St. Louis Exorcism, the harrowing story of a possessed child and his terrified family was immortalized in The Exorcist. While theories and rumors about the case abound, none of them explain how a young child could have been possessed to the degree described in Father Raymond Bishop’s infamous diary.

Join Steven A. LaChance―author, investigator, and himself the survivor of a long-term demonic attack―as he shares shocking evidence for how seemingly benign events progressed into a full-blown demonic possession. While the conventional story is that the boy brought the infestation upon himself, this book presents an alternative interpretation and provides new insights into the nature of possession itself. As LaChance gains access to a secret location that plays a crucial role in the story, he sheds new light on how the exorcism’s bizarre aftermath continues to haunt the city of St. Louis and the Catholic Church to this day.

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